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Poster: cosmico Date: Mar 2, 2011 5:55pm
Forum: texts Subject: How to determine a book's copyright

There's a long out-of-print 1960 paperback novel that I'm trying to determine the copyright status on. The book itself has a copyright notice inside, but numerous online searches of the book's title as well as the author's name on several copyright and renewal database sites haven't turned it up at all. Is it likely to be in the public domain, or do I need to hire a lawyer to confirm its status for me?

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Mar 2, 2011 7:40pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How to determine a book's copyright

Since it was published in 1960 (and assuming there is a Copyright notice in the book), it required renewal at some point to remain in copyright. The free online renewal databases I think are generally pretty accurate/reliable. But if you really want to be sure, you can pay someone to research it. This page has some ideas how to go about it.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Mar 2, 2011 7:59pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How to determine a book's copyright

Thank you!

I have found a lot of stories and novels even from the 50s and early 60s by fairly famous authors that are now in the public domain, and that is why I thought this particular book might well be out of copyright also. I will look into it.

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Poster: Blade_Runner Date: Mar 2, 2011 7:03pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How to determine a book's copyright

If your in the US I think the copyright expire 75 years after the book was first copyrighted and 75 years after the authors death... which ever is the later date.

In Canada it is 50 years.

Do US copyright laws apply to american books in Canada? That is it illegal to re-publish or re-use materials from a book that is orignally from the US but republished in, say in Canada. Which law applies?

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Poster: cosmico Date: Mar 2, 2011 8:36pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How to determine a book's copyright

Speaking of "Blade Runner" *grin* I noticed that one of Wikipedia's entries for Philip K. Dick claims that the 1954 short story "The Adjustment Team" upon which the new movie ADJUSTMENT BUREAU is based is no longer under copyright. Yet one of the daughters of PKD is the film's executive producer. If the story is really PD, why is she involved? Curious.

And no, the book I'm looking into PD status on isn't by PKD. :)

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Poster: garthus Date: Mar 2, 2011 9:59pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How to determine a book's copyright

Cosmico,

It probably is not in copyright, well over 80% of such materials never had their copyrights renewed. I would not worry, put it up, in the future if someone complains, they will have to show that the copyright was renewed and the archive will simply take it down. I would never knowingly post materials which were under copyright or had their copyrights renewed, however I would not worry about this if an exhaustive search could not find a copyright renewal, more than likely none exists.

Gerry